LONDON — Theresa May has been accused of offering public sector workers a “real terms cut” to their income during a fiery exchange with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Downing Street announced on Tuesday that the 1% cap on public sector pay rises would be lifted, with prison and police officers offered up 2% extra over the coming years.
However, unions have rejected the offer, which is below the current rate of inflation.
The Prison Officers Association said it amounted to a real-terms pay cut, coming on the same day that inflation jumped to 2.9%.
The chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White, said his members would be “angry and deflated” at their pay award.
The Labour leader used his appearance at prime minister’s questions to accuse May of offering workers a “real terms cut” to their income and said the raised cap on pay would be paid for by further cuts elsewhere in the public sector.
Watch Corbyn mock May’s public sector pay U-turn
“Could the PM tell us what the position is at midday today?” @jeremycorbyn pushes @theresa_may about public sector pay #PMQs pic.twitter.com/2Fpuxebh6l
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics